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Southern Rural Water has announced that Macalister irrigators will remain on 90% allocation because of very low flows into Lake Glenmaggie.

Operations Supervisor, Gavin Prior, said that although the weir was full in December, flows into the lake have been well below average for January.

“At full supply, Glenmaggie holds 90% of allocation. Significant inflows are needed to get our allocation up to 100%,” he said.

“Although it was great having spill right up to 15 December, this season highlights just how critical further inflows during January and February are. If we don’t get them, then we struggle to reach 100% allocation.”

Gavin said that automation projects throughout the district are helping to improve efficiency levels, which saves significant amounts of water. This saved water goes directly back into allocation.

“However, even with this saved water, we still don’t have enough to increase the allocation for irrigators at the moment.”

He said Southern Rural Water would continue to closely monitor the situation, and review allocation every fortnight throughout the season.

Gavin urged any customers who will not use their water this season to consider trading.

“It’s really critical now that water that may not be used this season is traded,” he said. “There are buyers waiting for water – even small amounts should be considered.

“However, we would also remind anyone buying water that they need to think about their annual use limit for their property.”

Buyers and sellers can advertise on Southern Rural Water’s free online forum, WaterMatch, at

For more information, please contact Southern Rural Water on 1300 139 510.



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